Gervinho’s Arsenal Exit On Hold as Roma Told to Up Bid

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Romans will now need to find an extra £1.8m to land misfiring attacker. 

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Front man Gervinho’s long-awaited move from Arsenal to AS Roma is in danger of collapsing after the north London club told their Italian counterparts to increase their initial offer of £6.8 million to £8.6m if they still wish to sign the Ivorian this summer, reports the Daily Mail.

The Serie A giants have been closely monitoring the Ivory Coast international’s current situation at the Emirates for some time now, with a view to bringing the 27-year-old to the Italian capital for next season.

The forward has already been told by Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger that he will be surplus to requirements in north London next season, which was why the player was left behind in the capital to find himself a new team while the rest of his team-mates undertook the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

And it had been thought that Gervinho’s proposed move to the Stadio Olimpico would go through by the end of this week, however, the Romans will now have to up their first offer if they still wish to land the attacker, who has netted just 11 goals in his 63 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Lille in July 2011.

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